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The Wonderful Work of Aussie Artist Laura Blythman

Looking through the portfolio of Aussie artist Laura Blythman makes me feel incredibly unaccomplished. The Melbourne creative has poured a lot of time into her work and it’s resulted in a colourful collection that’s bursting at the seams.

Her whimsical designs – which are applied to decor like cushions, artworks and trays – have been burning up social media the last few years. And her fashion accessories (think covetable bags and purses) are proving just as popular.

I took some time to chat with this uber-talented lady ahead of her upcoming exhibition.

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The Wonderful Work of Laura Blythman

Having achieved so much acclaim in a short space of time, Laura tells me that she feels as though she’s been at it for ages.

“It feels like I’ve been doing what I do for a long time,” she says. “And yes, looking back on the years, it does look like a lot! There is still a lot on the to-do/to-try list though. It’s a juggle. It gets hectic, but I work while I can and as much as I can”.

Graduating with a degree in graphic design back in 2004, Laura started her career producing greeting cards, giftware and stationery for Hallmark Australia. She freelanced and worked as an in-house designer after leaving Hallmark a few years later. It wasn’t until she became a mum in 2011 that she decided to focus solely on her own brand.

The focus has clearly paid off.

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Big Collabs and The Big Apple

In May she exhibited her work in New York, and has also collaborated with the very talented Pete Cromer on Enemies Yay; going on to produce pieces for Rollie Shoes and The Land of Nod together.

Working in and around the leafy eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Laura is surrounded by inspiration, noting that she draws ideas from colour palettes, textures, nature, and even her friends and son.

“Lately though, I love to listen to audiobooks while I create new works – and I get into a trance-like zone and just make, without even really thinking about what I’m doing. It gives my mind such a nice break”.

The Creative Process

Laura’s artworks, which are at the top of my lust-list when it comes to decor, can take months to make depending on how detailed the work is. Others can come together in a matter of days.

She tells me that it’s rare that one piece is solely focused on for more than a few hours at a time, and she usually has a few creations on the go.

As well as selling her new exciting product collections at amazing local markets like Markit and the Big Design Markets, Laura is also exhibiting at The Other Art Fair in a few weeks.

“It’s been an incredible process,” Laura explains. “I’ve loved dedicating so much time to working on new collections are original collages. Wish me luck!”

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Score 25% Off in the Laura Blythman Shop

If you’d like to get your hands on some of Laura’s amazing work at a 25% off, use the special discount code THELIFELAURA at checkout in Laura’s webstore here.

Products shots in this post via Sophie Timothy, portrait of Laura by Tori Simpson.

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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